Port Tobacco Players presents The Dixie Swim Club

Here is my latest poster design for Port Tobacco Players’ production of the Dixie Swim Club.

The Dixie Swim Club is a play about five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team. In the play, they set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships.

Previous poster designs for this play usually show the women from behind, embracing with kooky beach hats and standing in the sand or on the beach. I wanted to do something a little different and focus on what brought them together in the first place: the swimming pool. I instantly thought of a composition that would have the women swimming close together, creating a close bond compositionally with their positioning, curves and bright colors uniting them. It was my first idea and the only one I finalized. I wanted the title treatment, which is hand lettered, to feel as if it were floating or distorted by being in the water.


Winter is here to stay and I’m wishing for summer again

This week I began working on another poster for the Port Tobacco Players, in La Plata, MD. The poster will be for their upcoming production of The Dixie Swim Club which chronicles the lives of five close friends who met on a college swim team. Drawing pool water was a first for me and all I could think about while drawing it was how much I really hate winter (except for the holidays).


This week’s work

This week, I posted three new pieces that I’ve been working on over the past couple of weeks.

My first piece is for R&B group, KING. Three beautiful ladies with beautiful harmonies asked me to create the single art for their upcoming single “Mister Chameleon.” The artwork blends my love for florals and pattern/textile design and the group’s request to keep it colorful (my forte), with the mysteriousness of the man in the song. Check out the 6 second preview of the song below and look at my previous post for the full artwork.

The second piece is for the Baltimore City Paper’s review of the classic Jean-Luc Godard film, Alphaville. This project was fun for a variety of reasons, the main reason being that it was for the City Paper, my former place of employment for nearly seven years. This is my first piece for them since leaving at the end of 2011.

The third piece is dear to me because it was completed for a Charles County, Maryland theater, Port Tobacco Players (local to me). This is my third (and favorite) poster that I have done for them to date. The poster that I designed and illustrated is for Godspell. Godspell is a musical based upon the gospel according to St. Matthew. If you look at images of St. Matthew as depicted by artists and sculptors of the past, he is usually seen holding the gospel with a big beard. Seeing as how beards have made a comeback and Godspell is known for its modern interpretations of the gospel, I thought it would be cool to have a hipster-like St. Matthew on the poster. The tattoos on his arms include lyrics from the musical, except for the tattoo on the far left which references the lyric “We plow the fields and scatter the good seed on the land…” from the song “All Good Gifts.”




KING: Mister Chameleon, Single Cover Art & Design

About a month or so ago, I was approached by the fantastic R&B group, KING, with a request to create another single record cover for them. Last year, I created a cover for their single “In the Meantime,” a warm, beautiful ballad from their upcoming full-length LP. Their only request this time around was to make it colorful. With that in mind, I wanted to create this man of mystery who sort of blends into his surroundings. My love for floral patterns and the request to keep things colorful were the perfect blend for the final art that you see below. Look for the full single to be released on July 1st.

KING: Mister Chameleon Illustrated by Donald Ely